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14 startups to represent the north in 2017 U.S. Ambassador’s Entrepreneurship Challenge
  • | | June 01, 2017 10:11 AM
14 startups has just been selected from the northern region to the semi-final of the 2017 Ambassador’s Entrepreneurship Challenge which was organised by the U.S. Embassy Hanoi.

A team presenting to the judges and audience on May 30.

The 14 will compete in the National Competition on June 14. This year’s Ambassador’s Entrepreneurship Challenge includes three categories: social entrepreneurship, idea stage, and startup stage. The goal of this U.S. Embassy initiative is to help Vietnam expand its entrepreneurial ecosystem and encourage innovation.

Counselor for Public Affairs Molly Stephenson opened the pitch competition, expressing gratitude for the many Challenge sponsors, including Ms. Christy Trang Lê for one USD5,000 scholarship to attend the Vietnam Executive MBA at the Shidler College of Business of the University of Hawaii, Mr. Nghĩa Vũ for the USD500 cash prize in the social entrepreneurship category, and institutional sponsors The Vietnam Executive MBA at the Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii, Topica Founder Institute, Toong Co-working Space, UP Coworking Space, and Seattle-based non-government organization Jolkona. She also recognized the many individuals serving as judges and trainers in support of this three-month initiative.

The leaders of the startup semifinalists come from diverse backgrounds: the Green Tea Pork team is a group of high school students from Thai Nguyen Province and the AliceNote team includes seasoned software developers. The vast majority of the teams include young professionals and entrepreneurs working to develop and lead a successful business.

The semifinalists include:

Social Entrepreneurship Category:

• VJU for the Grannies

• Red bucket wind turbine

• Indigen Peak

• Green Lady Viet Nam

• Kids Need Books

Idea Category:


• Green Tea Pork


• Meraki

Startup Category:

• Fresh Deli

• Alicenote


• Hachi - Smart Agriculture

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